Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love
by Matthew Logelin
Synopsis: Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz's pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008.
Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward-- to make a life for Maddy.
In this memoir, Matt shares bittersweet and often humorous anecdotes of his courtship and marriage to Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends. In honoring Liz's legacy, heartache has become solace.
Review: This was a very honest memoir about coping with a loss but also having to keep on going for the new baby. Logelin really did a great job expressing his emotions without apologizing for them and telling the story of him, his wife, their life together and their child. I was sucked into the book from the get go and had a really hard time putting it down. Luckily it was a quick read! It was not a tear jerker for me until the very last chapter. Matt writes a letter to his daughter in the last chapter and that is when the tears started forming for me. Logelin is very honest about his feelings and about himself. He really had to grow up after his wife died so he may come off as immature in some places in the book. There were a couple things I disliked about that book. One thing that bothered me is the amount of splurging he did on Maddy and about how many trips he took with her. It seemed a little excessive for someone who just had over half the family's income removed. But that was more about his choice of lifestyle than about the book itself. But it did make him less sympathetic. The thing that bothered me the most was the use of the f word. At times it could be on any given page once or twice. Other times it was a little sporadic. It was unnecessary at most times. I know he was upset but to me there are other ways to express your emotions.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars but am debating about rating it a 4 because it was so captivating